Caprese Dutch Baby Pancake

In the summertime so many fresh vegetables are in season, especially tomatoes and fresh basil. I enjoy a great caprese salad or appetizer on a hot day. I make a killer dutch baby pancake. They are actually one of my most favorite things to make in a cast iron skillet. I combined the best of…

Persian Frittata – Kuku Sabzi

I first tried this dish at a local restaurant in my home city of Schenectady, NY called Persian Bite. Upon first bite I fell in love with it. I decided to make it with my own twist. This dish is savory, aromatic, flavorful and very healthy. Kuku Sabzi is similar to a frittata but its…

Nigerian Akara (Black Eyed Pea Fritters)

These fritters are made with black eyed peas and no flour. Akara is a Nigerian recipe that I was exposed to at a young age. I learned of this recipe from my grandmothers nurses aide Ronki who immigrated from Nigeria. These fritters are light yet filling. The most difficult and tedious part is removing all…

Recipe: Wiener Schnitzel with Red Cabbage

This Wiener Schnitzel was made with boneless pork chops that were pounded extra thin, breaded and fried golden brown in a cast iron skillet. The crust came out crispy and the pork center, very moist. The red cabbage has become a new favorite of mine. I added ingredients such as apple, onion, sugar, honey, allspice and…

Recipe: Crab Cakes Eggs Benedict

Eggs Benedict is a beloved breakfast and brunch meal. I wanted something different so I combined store bought crab cakes with one of my breakfast favorites. The hollandaise sauce is bright, velvety and seasoned well to compliment the crab. Instead of buying expensive crab and producing the crab cakes from scratch; save time/money and benefit…

Recipe: Mixed Berry Stuffed French Toast

Great mornings often start with a great breakfast. This mixed berry stuffed french toast recipe is a fantastic treat that everyone should try.  I used hand cut, 1 inch thick slices of sourdough bread that soaked up all the creamy, custardy french toast mixture like a sponge.  I stuffed the middle with a fantastic mixed…